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School of the Arts

School of the Arts

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Admissions is now open until December 5 for the class of 2020.

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We believe all students have the right to high-quality educational experiences that develop their unique needs and passion.


Our mission is to partner with community resources to change public education, emphasizing creativity and utilizing a fully inclusive model that educates the whole student through our values: Community . Empathy . Thinking . Balance​ .

  • Community - First and foremost, we are a learning community. Careful planning and design of school culture has helped us rely on the strengths of each staff and student. Students enter the school with the expectation to develop his/her leadership potential within and beyond our school.​ 

  • Empathy - We seek to continually put ourselves in someone else's shoes and seek new ways of approaching a problem. Every member of our community has unique perspectives, strengths and struggles, and we strive to adapt our approach to see the world from their point of view.

    Thinking - We challenge ourselves to dive deep into any idea, seeking a strong understanding as opposed to merely reciting facts. We believe in putting complex problems in the hands of inspired young people, setting the bar higher and higher beyond what even they assume they can achieve.

    Balance - We seek both left-brained and right-brained thinkers, creativity alongside analysis. Seeking both macro and micro, we study the species and the ecosystem, the inflection of one note and the whole orchestra. We find balance in perspective and our schools seek to always show both sides of a picture.​ 


How we're doing: priority benchmarks at a glance

To measure progress toward meeting the School Board’s strategic goals, we use a set of benchmarks that let parents and community members track our progress. It’s like a report card for our school and the whole district.​

Explore all of the benchmarks »

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